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May 12, 2010

We're back this week with a wealth of new features.

Paul Kim explains how public health reform can ensure a safer food supply and Eric Meslin looks at what to expect from the new bioethics commission. Vikram Savkar says that improving science education requires rethinking academic priorities and Mary Ann Mason argues that addressing work-life issues is key to stemming the female brain drain. Finally, Kristen Marhaver asks: As warnings mount, how can we speed science into policymaking?

Mark Roh, U.S. Food and Drug Administration's acting regional director holds a bag of tomatoes being tested for salmonella bacteria at FDA's southwest regional research lab, in Irvine, California, Monday June 9, 2008, where microbiologists were working to trace the source of the outbreak.

To Our Health!

By Paul Kim
Deficiencies in the regulation of the American food supply constitute the most serious and persistent gap in American consumer protection. Congress must seize the opportunity to fix the problem.

stack of three Petri dishes

Problem Solvers

By Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D.
A welcome focus on pragmatism over philosophizing adds new challenges the commission’s task to move ideas move from recommendation to implementation.

empty old lecture hall with chalkboards

We Invest in Research, But What About Teaching?

By Vikram Savkar
The structural incentives of the academy are in general stacked in favor of research and against high-quality science teaching.

woman working in lab at Joint Genome Institue

America Should Compete for Women Scientists

By Mary Ann Mason
For American science to remain competitive, the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act should support universities and federal agencies working to provide a baseline of family responsive policies for grad students, postdocs, and faculty.

red fish in a coral reef off the island of Maui

Ecosystems In the Age of Cassandra

By Kristen L. Marhaver
If environmental research cannot inform policy decisions in a timely manner, scientists will simply be documenting the death of planet Earth.

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